Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lessons in Transit

I learn something from everyone. Everyone has something to teach me about life.

Today I sat next to a man on the train who had no hands - or ears - or nose. His skin was severely scarred, and stretched very thin. His face didn't look far from the distortion you would see in a halloween store. He buried his face in his scriptures and turned the pages with his boney nubs for fingers. My heart broke. How old was he? I haven't a clue. Skin usually makes that apparent. What must life be looking through his eyes? As some teen boys were gawking and staring back in his direction, all I could think of was the beautiful spirit that was trapped inside. I can't even find words to describe the instant love I had for this man.
He stood up and let me scoot by him as the train approached my stop. I smiled 'Thanks" and he flashed a warm and genuine smile at me. It's like I saw life in a whole different light. Till now, I haven't truly realized how our souls are worth so much and our shells of bodies are nothing.

My life has changed from this one moment.

♥Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God - D&C 18:10♥


Evan said...


Debra said...

You've got me crying.

Adventures of Carissa said...

After you shared this with me last night on our drive back i realize how selfish i am at times by complaining about my insignificant flaws.